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The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,968 Ratings  ·  391 Reviews
This work has become a benchmark of popular anthropology and psychology.

Zoologist Desmond Morris considers humans as being simply another animal species in this classic book first published in 1967. Here is the Naked Ape at his most primal in love, at work, at war. Meet man as he really is: relative to the apes, stripped of his veneer as we see him courting, making love, s
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 13th 1999 by Delta (first published 1967)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
وإني لأتذكر أحد أسئلتي الوجودية منذ سنة تقريباً عن سبب التصرف الغريب للكلاب عندما أراهم في الأفلام يتبولون على العمدان. حسناً, لقد وجدت ضالتي صدفة هنا.


يبدأ الكتاب بتفسير اختيار العنوان؛ فالإنسان هو القرد الوحيد العاري من الشعر من بين 193 فصيلة من فصائل القردة والسعادين

العنوان بالإنجليزية: The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
وترجمته الحرفية: "القرد العاري: دراسة عالم حيوان لحيوان الإنسان", ولكن ولأسباب تسويقية أو دينية تم تحويل العنوان الفرعي لـ "دراسة في التطور العضوي والاجتما
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Morris makes a great song and dance about the 'outrage' with which his book was first received. Why are people so resistant to contemplating, in the cool light of scientific 'objectivity', their 'animal nature', he asks. However, Morris' claim to neutrality is highly suspect; he urges us to learn from and accept the picture he presents of human beings, saying
homo sapiens has remained a naked ape... in acquiring lofty new motives, he has lost none of the earthy old ones. This is frequently a caus
Erik Graff
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very old people
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
This was one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. Fifteen years of age, I approached Morris with a vague, general interest in animals, i.e. zoology. His book was popular and available in the Park Ridge public library where I read it.

Fifteen and never been kissed. Well, that is not quite true. In first grade I was kissed by Lisa. That happened in her garage up Butte Lane from our house in the Meadowdale development. It was, it is unforgettable. A willowy blonde, she wore a powder blue sm
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science

ربما كان تقييمي سلبي لكتاب حاز إعجاب الكثيرين. و لكن الكتاب فعلا لا يستحق أكثر من نجمتين. الكتاب يبدو في مظهره علميا و لكنه أقرب للأعمال الأدبية و الدردشة بدون سند علمي في أغلب الأحيان و عكس المناهج العلمية المعروفة أو التي تلقى قبولا واسعا أحيانا أخرى. الكاتب عالم بالحيوان لا يمكن إنكار ذلك و يحاول أن يطبق معرفته العلمية على أرقى حيوان على ظهر هذا الكوكب و هو الإنسان أو كما يسميه القرد العاري. فليس ثمة إلا قرد و ما يميزه عن غيره من عشرات الأنواع الأخرى من القرود أنه عار من الشعر أو الفراء أملس
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: smart-stuff
People are animals. Our behavior has evolutionary roots-- even many behaviors we define as cultural have their basis in our prehistoric dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-sexiest past.
There, that's the thesis-- perfectly sound and very interesting.
The book falls apart in the details though-- sweeping generalizations and odd assumptions about sexual behavior and gender roles and cultural supremacy without any supporting proof. Just ideas and theories that seem almost comically colored by the author's
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-sort-of
I spent a year in Marbury, a non-authoritarian school modelled on Summerhill. It was all too weird for words. Next time any of you wonder why I don't know what continent Spain is in, or why places that are further away have times that are closer or...keep in mind that my geography text book for the year was The Naked Ape.

Well, I say it was that sort of school like it's to blame for my appalling ignorance of geography. If only I'd chosen a normal school instead. But truth be told, the next year
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
این کتاب در سال 1349 با عنوان میمون برهنه توسط دکتر مهدی تجلی پور به فارسی برگردانده و پس از آن هرگز اجازه تجدید چاپ نیافته است.
نویسنده "دزموند موریس" درین کتاب به شباهتهای رفتاری بین انسان و گونه های حیوانی خصوصا انواع میمونها می پردازد که بسیار قابل توجه و پس از کتاب منشا انواع داروین یکی از پرتیراژترین کتابهای علمی دنیا به شمار می رود.
Ronald Wise
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book again after 37 years, I was pleasantly surprised at the relevant impact this book still has. Perhaps reading it after nearly four decades of experience as a member of its target species, more points in it seemed to ring true. There are probably some aspects of this book which have been called into question by subsequent research findings, but in general the materials on the human evolutionary biology and psychology I've read in the meantime seem to support Morris's positions.

محمد  النعمه
كتاب جميل وخفيف في 200 صفحة
يتحدث الفصل الأول عن ( الأصول ) التي تطور منها هذا الكائن من بداية خروجه من البحر إلى مرحلة القرد ، الى المرحلة الأخيرة ( القرد العاري ) أو الأنسان
الفصل لثاني عن التطور الجنسي ..
الثالث عن التطور في تربية الصغار ..
ثم الاستطلاع
وبعده القتال و الذي يرتبط بالفصل الذي يليه " المسعى في طلب الطعام "
ثم النظافة ..
ويختتم الكتاب بـ علاقة الانسان أو القرد العاري ببقية الحيوانات ..

كتاب ممتع وجميل ..
أنصح بقراءته
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Desmond Morris' "The Naked Ape" is not a quality book for individuals seeking to understand the nature of modern evolutionary psychology. Morris' work is notable only for being a historical perspective into the origins of a discipline which has (since his book) taken on a dynamic and vibrant academic life. If one can manage to make it past some of the glaring errors in his work (at one point he suggests that women evolved a trait because it was evolutionarily better for men - 'Uh, Desmond? Evolu ...more
فهد الفهد
القرد العاري

في الكتاب لمحات وأفكار ممتعة ما خلا ذلك يبدو وكأنه ضرب بخلاط، ويجد القارئ صعوبة في تتبع فكرة المؤلف وما يريد الخروج به.
Tanja Berg
When I stumbled across this book last week and promptly down-loaded it to my kindle, I did not realize it had been first published in 1967. Some of the views are decidedly antiquated. For example that men go to work in attempt to satisfy the hunting urge together with other men, while women stay at home and take care of the children. In most of the Scandinavian countries, as large a percentage of women as men are now an active part of the work force. The superficial treatment of homosexuality an ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Naked Ape is my favourite book, ever. If The Naked Ape was a person I would marry it in a heartbeat under whatever terms it wished, and I would be more than happy to give my body over to producing as many of its children as I could because a book like this deserves to bear children more than most of us do.
Desmond Morris is an Anthropologist, and the person that made me decide that I, too, would like very much to be an Anthropologist, and The Naked Ape is a study of the Human Being as an ani
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pelo uguale potere

Acuta e pungente analisi di Morris sull'animale uomo.
L'opera si prefigge l'obiettivo, in chiave scientifica ed umoristica, di metterci a nudo dal punto di vista dell'evoluzione, del carattere, dell'educazione sessuale e dell'impatto avuto sull'ambiente.
L'uomo è, in fin dei conti, un animale che si è elevato rispetto ad altri, ma rimane pur sempre legato ad istinti e pulsioni primordiali che qualunque società o legge mai potrà cancellare del tutto.
Morris gioca benissimo con q
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read, para todo el que aspire a ser humano.
Heba Ashraf
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, علمية
واضح إن السنه بادئة بكتب حلوة .. من الكتب اللي متعرفش تسيبها من غير ماتخلصها ..أسلوبه يشدك و معلوماته كتيرة وأجوبة على أسئلة كتير هتكون في بالك .
Fabia Consorti
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un saggio strepitoso, geniale e anche divertente a suo modo. Il linguaggio è alla portata di tutti e non diventa mai pesante. Leggetelo!
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know what sort of re-packaged edition I read originally, but it was a short, coffee-table sized hardback, with full-sized, four-colour photos of women's pupils dilating. It seems men automatically find the same photo of a woman, but with larger pupils, more attractive. I thought I'd discovered a secret key to measuring womankind, in a kind of Cosmo version of The Naked Ape. A friend in school saw my book and got very excited, but the secret knowledge within, well, that was only for me.

Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book astonished people 40 years ago and inspired all that psuedo-scientific "men are hunters, women are gatherers" crap, or so I'm told.

It's aged badly. The author comes across as pretty full of himself -- he thinks his way of analyzing human behavior (from a zoological perspective) raises him above bias, but he's amusingly unaware of his own biases -- misogyny, homophobia, and anti-psychiatry, to name a few.

It's still got some interesting parts, I guess, but I could only make it about hal
Aug 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
If you like your science with a heaping dose of sexism and homophobia, then this book's for you!

This book was so entirely awful that I thought less of the person who recommended it to me.

Daria Unglued
Mollo la lettura più o meno a metà, quindi il mio commento vale per ciò che ho letto.

Sono sicura che 50 anni fa questo libro abbia avuto il suo impatto sociale e sconvolto qualcuno tra i più moralisti, ma oggi, a mio parere, certe osservazioni non sanno più di niente. Non c'è una nozione che già non sapessi, non c'è una riflessione che non sappia di già superato o fastidiosamente sessista.
Osservare l'uomo da un punto di vista zoologico è interessante, ma qui viene fatto grossolanamente e con un
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
معلومات مثيرة ومهمة عن الانسان والقردة والسعادين وبقية الحيوانات الاخرى.

يتميز هذا الكتاب بكم هائل من المعلومات الملفتة للنظر في تطور الانسان عضويا وجنسيا واخيرا والاهم تطوره اجتماعيا... هذا الجزء هو الاهم في مسيرة الانسان التطورية كون هذا التطور هو الكفيل باستمرارية وجود القرد العاري وهو الانسان على هذا الكوكب.

كَبُرَ هذا القرد ام صغر هذا لا يغير حقيقته البيولوجية كحيوان آكل للحوم واناني.

ان لم يتمكن الانسان في تحسين نوعيته فأن هذا النمو الهائل والخطير في العدد سيؤدي الى انهيار خطير بهذا النوع من
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I would have given "The Naked Ape" a 4-star rating based on its handling of human evolution and animal behavior, unfortunately 1960's style moralizing creeped in and caused me to lower my rating to a 3. The boomer generation was really annoying in how they viewed themselves as saviors to the planet when they were really just as selfish and materialistic as their parents (and less moral and responsible). Even with those reservations, the descriptions of human and animal behavior and human evoluti ...more
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
One doesn't pick up this sort of book looking to 'get off' but let me tell you (!) the opening chapters on sexuality are very arousing. I had to stop reading and satisfy my er, appetite several times before moving on to the next chapters. If only to stimulate yourself without anyone catching on--or while posing as erudite or whatever-- this book is terrific.

Otherwise, sure he makes many interesting points about the biological basis for certain of our human tendencies--and I appreciate his attemp
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fact
I think the concept of this approach to humans as an animal like any other is a brilliant one. We are prone to thinking of ourselves as a species apart, when we're not, and even if we were, we could do with putting back in our places sometimes -- being human doesn't mean we're more worthy than any other creature, all of which have their own adaptations to deal with the environment they find themselves in. We're particularly versatile, yes, but because we evolved that way, not because of some spe ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per tutto il libro Morris si riferisce a noi (da intendersi come esseri umani) con l'epiteto di scimmioni nudi e direi che tutto sommato è azzeccatissimo. Come zoologo lo scrittore si propone di identificare quali siano i comportamenti che hanno permesso all'essere umano di sopravvivere e anzi di emergere come specie dominante su tutte, nonostante delle sue diciamo "pecche fisiche" sostanziali. Ne emerge un quadro anche divertente sulla sensualità dell'essere umano, unica specia di scimmia ad es ...more
Mostaque Ahammed
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
We are very young species. We call us modern and inside us we are carrying 100 or thousand years of primitive habits with us. We've created nuclear bombs, but we can't prevent ourselves from close our eyes when a fly across our eyes. We have tremendous power and but we don't know how to use that, where to use that. We are sheep with a lion's claw. Lion knows very well the use of his dangerous claws, but sheep doesn't. He just got it overnight.

As a naked app, the nature is our very essential asse
Arturo Javier
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Una excelente introducción a la sociobiología. Las hipótesis que propone el autor a veces pueden parecer descabelladas, pero si continuas leyendo, te das cuenta de que tienen mucho sentido. Los apartados más divertidos son aquellos en los que el autor explica el comportamiento sexual, la evolución de los caractéres sexuales, y la eterna lucha entre los sistemas simpático y parasimpático.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Studying the nature of the human race as an anthropologist would study a group of apes is as informative as it is hysterical. And the added bonus of being written with overtones of an impending Cold War made the book even more enjoyable.
Stefano Ottolenghi
3 e mezzo. A tratti è molto molto interessante!
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Desmond John Morris is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist, but is also known as a surrealist artist and author.

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